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Lemon Spaghetti

Part of my own personal ‘Iron Chef: Battle Lemons’ series.

Adapted from Giada DeLaurentiis, this can be a main dish but I prefer to use it as a side. The lemons give this pasta a nice fresh flavor. You can use any pasta: spaghetti, cappelini, penne – all grab the sauce for a nice full flavor!

1 (16 oz) package spaghetti
1/2 cup olive oil
1/2 cup parmesan cheese
1/4 cup fresh lemon juice
pinch of salt
fresh ground pepper
zest of one lemon
1/2 cup pasta water

In a large bowl, whisk together the olive oil, cheese, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Set aside.

Boil the pasta according to package directions. Reserve 1/2 cup of liquid before you drain it.


Toss the pasta in with the lemon mixture, then add the zest. Add the reserved pasta water a little at a time, you may not need all of it, you just don’t want the pasta to be dry.

I like this as a side dish to chicken or fish, but it is great on it’s own.


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5 Responses to “Lemon Spaghetti”

  1. Michelle says:


  2. Michelle says:

    I make this AT LEAST once a week now.

    I also slice up whole tomatoes (in circles) and sauté them with mushrooms, olive oil and some Italian seasoning. SO GOOD.

  3. Cheryl says:

    Can I make this ahead of time?

  4. Cheryl says:

    Let me clarify, I want to make this for a party but it’s not until later in the day. I have to refrigerate it because I’ll be out and about before the party. Is this okay to chill and reheat?

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